Neil Patterson, ASA, SFCA, OPAM, RMPAP

WARM SEPT DAY
WARM SEPT DAY
NP1086
oil, canvas
24 x 48 in.
$6,045 CAD


TREMBLING ASPENS
TREMBLING ASPENS
NP1085
oil, canvas
24 x 48 in.
$6,045 CAD


STILL WATERS
STILL WATERS
NP1084
oil, canvas
24 x 48 in.
$6,045 CAD


GATEWAY TO THE MOUNTAINS
GATEWAY TO THE MOUNTAINS
NP1083
oil, canvas
24 x 72 in.
$10,195 CAD


LAKE O'HARA
LAKE O'HARA
NP1081
oil, canvas, board
20 x 24 in.
$3,420 CAD


THREE SISTERS
THREE SISTERS
NP1080
oil, canvas, board
11 x 14 in.
$1,925 CAD


MT MCARTHUR
MT MCARTHUR
NP1076
oil, canvas, board
11 x 14 in.
$1,925 CAD


MT RUNDLE
MT RUNDLE
NP1075
oil, canvas, board
11 x 14 in.
$1,925 CAD


MT MCARTHUR
MT MCARTHUR
NP1072
oil, canvas, board
11 x 14 in.
$1,925 CAD


STILL AFTERNOON
STILL AFTERNOON
NP1070
oil, canvas
30 x 40 in.
$6,355 CAD


LIGHT UNDER CLOUDS
LIGHT UNDER CLOUDS
NP1064
oil, canvas
24 x 48 in.
$6,045 CAD


RAMPARTS
RAMPARTS
NP1056
oil, canvas
30 x 24 in.
$4,225 CAD


SKY OVER HOMESTEAD
SKY OVER HOMESTEAD
NP1053
oil, canvas
30 x 30 in.
$5,900 CAD


FALL SKY
FALL SKY
NP1052
oil, canvas
30 x 24 in.
$4,225 CAD


SUNSET REFLECTIONS
SUNSET REFLECTIONS
NP1049
oil, canvas
48 x 24 in.
$6,045 CAD


SUNDOWN HAYFIELD
SUNDOWN HAYFIELD
NP1046
oil, canvas
24 x 36 in.
$4,900 CAD


PRAIRIE SKY
PRAIRIE SKY
NP1043
oil, canvas
36 x 48 in.
$7,925 CAD


ASPENS
ASPENS
NP1035
oil, canvas
24 x 30 in.
$4,225 CAD


SLOW CREEK
SLOW CREEK
NP1033
oil, canvas
30 x 40 in.
$5,900 CAD


YELLOW FIELDS
YELLOW FIELDS
NP1028
oil, canvas
20 x 16 in.
$2,975 CAD


CHINOOK HAYFIELD
CHINOOK HAYFIELD
NP1023
oil, canvas
24 x 30 in.
$4,225 CAD


FOOTHILLS SUNSET
FOOTHILLS SUNSET
NP1006
oil, canvas
24 x 60 in.
$8,625 CAD


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Neil Patterson, ASA, SFCA, OPAM, RMPAP

Neil Patterson, to his great joy, has discovered the magically liberating impact of colour. Dazzling reds, yellows and blues, manganese violet, sap green and cadmium orange are applied with loose, generous strokes, straight out of the tube. “It’s like going back to childhood,” he describes. “You forget about rules and just put colours next to one another.” Instead of tinting with black and white, Neil finds he can achieve a three-dimensional effect by mixing paint on the canvas so that certain areas sink behind the pure colours. Patterson believes colour is the essence of painting. He uses an impressionistic “Alla Prima” style of painting to convey his ideas through landscapes and floral in both Plein Air and studio painting.

Between 1969 and 1972, Neil studied painting at the University of Calgary. He also studied at Ted Goerschners Masters Class in California, the Scottsdale Artists' School, and Scottsdale, AZ and at the Charles Movalli Workshop. Neil Patterson was elected, in 1993, as a member of the prestigious group of intellectuals and artists known as the Salmagundi Club of New York. He has numerous awards to his credit, and has been published in several newspapers and monthly periodicals. Neil continues a history of very successful exhibitions across North America, including San Antonio, TX, Jackson, WY, New York, NY, Scottsdale, AZ, Great Falls, MT, Vancouver, BC, and Banff, Calgary and Edmonton, AB.

Neil Patterson is a member of the Alberta Society of Artists, the Federation of Canadian Artists, and the first Canadian to be awarded signature membership of the Oil Painters of America (O.P.A.). In March 2000, he was selected from a company of more than 6000 O.P.A. members to be awarded the status of Master Signature Member, becoming the 34th painter in the elite group. In the summer of 2002, Neil was awarded second place in the OPA’s 12th annual juried exhibition of traditional oils.

ARTIST STATEMENT

"I was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and it was a reproduction of a Tom Thomson painting in my elementary classroom that first got me to dream about painting. Unfortunately, there weren’t any art galleries in Moose Jaw and I had little exposure to original art until I visited my aunt in Ottawa when I was twelve. She took me to the National Gallery and that’s when I decided to become a painter.

I bought a book titled “How to Paint” and read it on the train ride back to Moose Jaw. My aunt sent me a set of oils for my thirteenth birthday and I created my first masterpiece on a canvas belt I found in my father’s workshop. That belt was so thick it almost stood up by itself and I didn’t even know to prime it first, but that’s how I got started.

My mother always told me that if I wanted something bad enough I would find a way to do it. My mind was set on painting and so I determined to make a success of myself. Over the years I’ve come to realize that there’s really no such thing as talent. It’s more desire than anything. Anyone can learn to paint competently and after that it’s just a little something of yourself, call it soul, which has to go into the work.

When people ask me what inspires or motivates me to paint, I simply tell them “I love painting.” Painting to me is like being a kid again; I get to play, but now it’s with paint instead of toys. I like how the paint moves on the canvas, how it can be a million different colors, what happens when you set one color next to another and what happens when they’re mixed together. For me painting is about feeling rather than thinking. It’s a spontaneous, creative, serendipitous process whereby I allow the evolving shapes and colors on the canvas to speak to me. I use loose brush strokes which, by definition, involve a certain lack of control. They are intuitive rather than calculated.

I paint mostly from memory. When I see a sky, I like to put that in my visual memory bank, and on another day I might add an appealing cluster of trees or an intriguing bend in the river. As I paint, I become a creator. I simply plant a tree or move a mountain in order to create a scene that pleases me visually. The final composition becomes a composite of many impressions. Each of us remembers things in a certain way that is our own reality, so I am painting things the way I remember them, perhaps not exactly as they were.

I think of my work as a visual expression of the emotion and passion evoked by a particular image. It is more important for me to capture the feeling of a place than it is to copy it realistically in every detail.

I paint what I love and see around me, scenes that speak to me, places I want to explore. I try to capture moments of light, color and atmosphere which spark my imagination. I want to create my own personal version of reality and entice the viewer to share it with me."

“A photograph is what it is; a painting is what you want it to be.”

Born on 1947 in Moose Jaw, SK. Nationality is Canadian

Education

1969 - 72 University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
Charles Movalli Workshop
The Scottsdale Artist's School, Scottsdale, AZ
Ted Goerschner's Masters Class, CA

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Canada House Gallery, AB
2014 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
2013 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2012 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
2011 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2010 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
2009 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2008 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
2001-07 Canada House Gallery, Calgary, AB
2005-06 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
2004-06 West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1999-03 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
2002 West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2001 Adele Campbell, Whistler BC
2000 Pacific Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1999 Buffalo Trails, Big Fork, MT
1999 Scott Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1998-99 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
1997 Flower Show Tutt Street Gallery, Kelowna, BC
1995-97 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
1995 Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, AB
1993 Master’s Gallery, Calgary, AB
1987 Wallace Gallery, Calgary, AB
1983 Kiln Gallery, Bragg Creek, AB
1982 Renaissance Gallery, Calgary, AB
1979 Quest Gallery, Calgary, AB
1979 Walsh Gallery, Red Deer, AB
1978 Muttart Gallery, Calgary, AB
1978 Sequoia Gallery, Edmonton, AB
1975 Canadian Guild of Crafts, Toronto, ON
1975 History of Ceramics in Alberta, Calgary, AB & Edmonton, AB
1974 Rubiyat Gallery, Calgary, AB

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2014 Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
2000-14 Oil Painters of America
2012-14 Western Art Show, Calgary, AB
1994-13 CM Russell, Great Falls, MT
2012-13 Federation of Canadian Artists
1999-12 Alicat Gallery, Bragg Creek, AB
2010 Western Art Show, Calgary, AB
2008-09 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
2005-06 Dana Gallery, Missoula, MT
2005 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2004-05 Snow Fire, Estes Park, CO
2004-05 West End Gallery, Edmonton, AB
2004-05 Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
2001-03 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2000-01 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2000 Western Art Show, Calgary, AB
2000 Federation of Canadian Artists
1999 Plein Air Invitational, Carmel, CA
1999 Pacific Gallery, Saskatoon, SK
1999 Arts for the Parks
1998 Federation of Canadian Artists
1998 Tutt Street Gallery, Kelowna, BC
1998 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
1998 Salmagundi Club, New York,NY
1997-98 Oil Painters of America
1997-98 Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
1997-98 Western Art Show, Calgary, AB
1995-1997 Arts for the Parks
1997 Hillcrest International Exhibition, California
1996 Hammond Galleries, Ohio
1994-95 Oil Painters of America
1993-94 Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
1992-94 Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale, AZ
1991-93 Federation of Canadian Artists
1992 Oil Painters of America
1990 Alberta College of Art, Calgary, AB
1990 IBM, Banff, AB
1989-90 State of the Arts Beaver House, Edmonton, AB
1987-90 Sunshine Village, Banff, AB
1988-90 Alberta Society of Artists
1985-86 Alberta Society of Artists
1983-90 Leighton Centre, Calgary, AB
1988 Olympic Organizing Committee, Calgary, AB
1983 Western Art Show, Calgary, AB
1981 Muttart Gallery, Calgary, AB
1978-80 Artisans, Bragg Creek, AB
1977 Annex Gallery, Calgary, AB
1976 Glenbow Museum, Calgary, AB
Best of Plein Air Laguna Plein Air Painters
Shaoguan, China
Weng Yeun, China
University of Shaoguan, China
Desheng International Canvas Week Exhibition, Shunde, China
Kwan Wu Sculpture Art Museum, Nanhai, China
Master Liu Calligraphy Museum, Wengyuan, China
Shaoguan Museum, Shaoguan, China
Donghuasi Buddhist Temple, China

Collections

Alberta Art Foundation
Alberta Government Telephones
Alberta Housing Corporation
Alberta Treasury Branch
Alberta Wheat Pool
Amoco Canada
ATCO Enterprises
Black & Company
Canada Utilities
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
CJ Campbell
Coles Nikiforuk Pennel
Esso Resources
Gruman, Brown & Crossfield
Heritage Hotels
Heritage Savings and Trust
Home Oil
Howard Mackie
Macleod Dixon
Milner Fenerty
Northern Telecom
OCO 88
Ogilvie & Company
Pioneer Oil & Gas
Royal Bank of Canada
Stanford Perrott
Sunshine Village
University of Calgary

Awards

2008-14 President, Oil Painters of America
2002-14 Member, Board of Directors, Oil Painters of America
2013 Honorary Membership, Society of Canadian Artists
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, Federation of Canadian Artists
2006-07 Vice-President, Oil Painters of America
2002 Award of Excellence Second Place , Everett Raymond Kinstler
2001 Juror of Awards, Oil Painters of America, Springville, UT
2000 Awarded Master Signature Member, Oil Painters of America
1999 Top 100, Art for the Parks
1996-98 Top 200, Art for the Parks
1995 Top 100, Art for the Parks
1993 Elected Artist Member, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
1993 Non-member Show, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
1993 Signature Member, Federation of Canadian Artists
1992 Premier National Juried Exhibition, Oil Painters of America; Chicago, IL
1991 Finalist, Artists Magazine Landscape Competition
1991 Robert Genn Award, Federation of Canadian Artists
1987-89 Sunshine Village Purchase Awards
1988 Gifts for Dignitaries, Olympic Organizing Committee
1984 Membership, Alberta Society of Artists
1978 Mural Commission, Petro-Chemical Plant; Joffrey, AB
Co-chair Exhibitions, Oil Painters of America
Signature Advisory Board Chair, Oil Painters of America
First Canadian awarded Signature Member, Oil Painters of America
Collection, Shaoguan Museum, China
Collection, Wengyeun Museum, China
Signature Membership, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
Honorary Advisor, Wengshan Institute of Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting, Wengshan, China

Publications

2006 The Artist’s Magazine, December
2006 Art of the West
2005 Art Avenue Magazine
2005 100 Ways to Paint Still Life & Florals
2001 Art Avenue Magazine
2000 Report News Magazine, July
2000 CFCN Television
1999 International Artist Magazine
1995 The Best of Flower Painting: North Light Books, Cincinnati
1993 Access Television Network
1991 The Artists’ Magazine, December
1990 Signature Magazine Cover, Edmonton
1990 Atco Enterprises Ltd. Christmas Card
1985 CTV Network News
1985 CFCN Television
1982 The Calgary Herald
1975 The History of Ceramics in Alberta
1975 Red Deer Advocate
1975 Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House
1973 Tactile Magazine, March/April
1962 Observer Magazine
Art of the West Magazine USA
Southwest Art USA
Plein Air Magazine USA
Connoisseur Magazine USA
Cowboys and Indian Magazine USA
Liliedahi Video Productions 3 DVD’s
Design and Composition: Secrets of Professional Artists

Affiliations

Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Master Signature Member, Oil Painters of America (OPA)
Signature Member, Alberta Society of Artists (ASA)
Signature Member, Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA)
Honorary, Society of Canadian Artists
Signature Member, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters (RMPAP)
Tucson Plein Air Painters
Laguna Plein Air Painters
California Club
Plein Air Painters of Alberta
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society